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cut and cap. bp's latest effort to contain the gulf oil leak gets snagged by a stuck saw. manhunt. the main suspect in the natalee holloway disappearance is on the run, now suspected in the murder of a woman in peru. and a british invasion. paul mccartney's long and winding road takes him to the white house. ♪ let it be, let it be, let it , this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, june 3rd, this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, june 3rd, 2010. captioning funded by cbs good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. it's back to the drawing board again for bp.
the latest effort to control the gulf oil leak hit a snag literally when a saw got stuck. this is a live picture of the leak. bp says it's cut about halfway through the blown-out pipe. engineers have cut the leaking pipe before they can try to cap it. but a powerful saw didn't work. so they're forced to try something new. terrell brown reports. >> reporter: now engineers will try to use a pair of giant shears to snip off the leaking oil pipe that's gushing oil into the gulf. >> i don't think the issue is whether or not we can make the second cut, it's how fine and how smooth we can make it. >> reporter: once the pipe is cut, crews will place a containment valve on top of the leak to siphon some of the oil to the surface. even a partial fix is needed fast. this thick oil is drifting toward grand isle, louisiana. the slick is more than twice as long as seven mile island and the new cut in the pipe is spewing out even more crude. the oil has spread to more than 125 miles of louisiana's coastline and has also washed
ashore in mississippi and alabama. the coast guard has sent boom meant for alabama to louisiana. a distressing development for alabama's governor. >> all is going to get to the shore primarily because there is nothing between the oil and dauphin island. >> reporter: the latest estimate is that as many as 46 million gallons have leaked out of the pipe. some scientists are concerned that that oil isn't just hitting the surface, but it's also floating underneath. >> many of the research crews that have been out there have detected anomalies. >> reporter: this ship, the "thomas jefferson," is on a mission in the gulf to use 3d models to identify oil that may beneath the surface. the results won't be nine for as many as six weeks. the water samples that could detect the plumes could be analyzed sooner. terrell brown, cbs news, venice, louisiana. meanwhile, the oil slick continues to grow and spread. the oil is expected to reach the shores of pensacola, florida tomorrow and there's not a lot anyone can do about it. manuel gallegus has that part of the story.
>> reporter: oil from the biggest spill in u.s. history is now creeping toward the white sand beaches of pensacola. local residents who are drawn to the area for its coastal beauty feel helpless as they wait for it to reach the shore. >> pensacola has done a lot to try to keep it out of the marshes and inland, but as far as the beach goes, they're not going to be able to keep it off the beach. >> it makes me sad about the animals. makes me sad about everything, but the animals really get to me. >> reporter: the forecast is for the oil to wash up to the area by the end of the week, threatening islands, bays and beaches which are havens for wildlife and tourists. >> i want floridians to know that we are watchful, that we're monitoring the situation and we understand what is happening and we're doing everything to protect our beautiful state. >> reporter: florida governor charlie crist says skimmers are being deployed offshore and 257,000 feet of boom has already been placed along the most sensitive areas of the panhandle. still, there is a sense of dread
here. along the coast known affectionately as the red neck riviera. more than 60% of the state's tourist spending is in florida's beach front cities. >> they should have come up with a solution before this ever happened. >> reporter: beach goers say they'll enjoy the clean shores while they last. manuel gallegus, cbs news, pensacola, florida. environmentalists say they are outraged that federal regulators have approved a gulf of mexico oil well, this one in shallow water. the permit was granted to bandon oil and gas 50 miles off the louisiana coast in water about 115 feet deep. far to the west of where the deepwater horizon rig was drilling. last week the president allowed a three week moratorium on shallow water drilling to expire. when barack obama ran for president, he promised a transparent administration, but this morning the white house is facing another allegation of behind the scenes political tampering. tara mergener is in washington with more on the alleged back
room dealings. tara, good morning. >> reporter: the white house is facing fresh questions this morning about its ethics and its promise to run an open government. andrew romanoff claims deputy white house chief of staff joe messina dangled a possible job offer in exchange for dropping out of the race. >> he suggested three positions that might be available to me were i not to pursue a senate race. i informed him that i was not going to change course. >> reporter: wednesday a white house spokesman said that colorado democrats did recommend romanoff for a job, but that no positions were ever offered. this latest revelation comes less than a week after the white house admitted it had former president bill clinton approach then congressman joe sestak about an unpaid administration job if he withdrew from his race against arlen specter.
sestak declined the offer and won the seat last month. these kind of deals are nothing new in washington, but when running for office, president obama promised to run an open government that was above back room deals. now congressman darrel issa is calling for a special prosecutor to determine once and for all the extent of the white house's efforts to manipulate elections. asked why he didn't come forward sooner, romanoff said he didn't want to politicize the matter. >> misinformation has emerged and that serves no useful purpose. >> reporter: and the white house won't say what kind of job was discussed with romanoff or who approached him. michelle, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington. thanks. the federal corruption trial of former illinois governor rod blagojevich begins today. 18 months ago blagojevich was arrested, charged and then impeached. he's accused of more than a dozen counts of racketeering, including trying to sell president obama's former senate seat.
a white house official says chief of staff rahm emanuel and adviser valerie jarrett have both been subpoenaed. on the cbs "moneywatch," stocks in asia roared back this morning. and emily smith is here in new york with that and more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. asian stock markets got a big lift from wall street. the nikkei soared more than 3%. its biggest one day rise in six months. the hang seng was also up more than 1%. today wall street gets the latest on factory orders as well as the weekly jobless claims report. wednesday stocks rallied, the dow ran up 225 points, the nasdaq added 58. two democratic senators are pressing bp to delay plans to pay $10 billion or more in shareholder dividends. senators charles schumer and ron widen call it unfathomable that the oil giant would cut the checks before the total cost of cleaning up the gulf is known. bp has paid an estimated $1 billion in cleanup costs so far and expects to pay billions more.
at&t wireless customers will soon have to pick up a new data plan. starting monday, the company is phasing out its offer of unlimited wireless data for $30 a month. customers will have two choices. a 200 megabyte plan for $15 a month, and a two gig plan for $25 a month. at&t says 98% of customers use less than two gigabytes. sunny weather and strong sales during the memorial day weekend gave the auto industry a giant boost in may. u.s. automakers, including general motors, ford and chrysler, all posted double digit percent increases. fleet sales to business customers also added to the bottom line. and a north carolina company has come up with a unique way to get a driver's attention. bloom's grocery store in charlotte unveiled a new billboard wednesday that actually pushes out the smell of hickory barbeque sauce. here's how it works. a big fan blows the scent 30 to 50 yards in to the roadway.
the scented billboard will only be available the next couple of weeks. this is a whole new era. there will be smell-vision next. >> that's a great idea. emily smith here in new york, thanks. and just ahead on the "morning news," a new aid ship on the way to gaza in the wake of the deadly flotilla raid. plus a former suspect in the natalee holloway case suspected in a new murder in peru. ways lie the taste of vegetables. good thing v8 v-fusion juice gives you a serving of vegetables hidden by a serving of fruit. [barking] v8. what's your number? make that first step easier, with the nicoderm cq patch. nicoderm steps you down from nicotine gradually. doubling your chance for success. nicoderm cq. three steps, ten weeks and you're free. quick question... what does she see in him?
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would want to take so many lives in such a short space of time. >> among the victims were a 66-year-old woman, a farmer working in his field, and two of bird's fellow cab drivers. in the middle east, another possible confrontation looms off gaza this morning as turkey welcomes home pro palestinian activists deported from israel. turkish jetliners landed this morning in istan hundreds of activists detained monday after israel's raid on ships trying to break the gaza blockade. the planes also carried the bodies of nine activists killed in the raid. israel's prime minister says the flotilla could have been carrying weapons. >> israel should not be held to a double standard. the jewish state has a right to defend itself just like any other state. >> meanwhile, another ship is headed for gaza this morning carrying medical supplies. israel has vowed to stop it, too.
an international manhunt is on for joran van der sloot, a suspect in the disappearance of natalee holloway and now wanted in the murder of a young woman in peru. sandra hughes has the story. >> reporter: it was five years to the day since american teenager natalee holloway disappeared on the island of aruba when officials in peru found the bloody body of 21-year-old stephany flores. both these women were seen in the company of dutch national joran van der sloot shortly before they died. police in peru say stephany was found in a hotel room registered to van der sloot and a video taken at a lima casino had shown them together. the police chief says today we have confirmation from the director of immigration that the dutch citizen left peru on may 31st for chile, an international arrest warrant has been issued for van der sloot.
stephany's father holds up a picture saying this is the murderer of my daughter and we have information this is not the first crime this man has committed. in 2005, van der sloot was the prime suspect along with his friends in the death of american teenager natalee holloway. she had just graduated high school and was celebrating in aruba. all three men were arrested and questioned but eventually let go. recently natalee's mother had resigned herself to a lesser kind of justice for her daughter's killer. >> justice comes in many different forms. and so i feel as if it might just be through -- to me it might just be through a validation, through recovery of her remains at some point. >> reporter: holloway's body has never been found. sandra hughes, cbs news. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, it's a perfect game. oh, but wait, the umpire blows the call and gets an earful from the furious detroit tigers. furious detroit tigers.
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throughout the day. later today, the northeast will be getting severe thunderstorms. near record-breaking temperatures and humidity moves in to the southern plains. and scattered storms are possible in the southeast. in sports, perfection denied. detroit pitcher galleraga kept the cleveland indians off the bases and with help from his defense cruised towards a perfect game. in the bottom of the ninth with two out, galleraga seemed to have it taking a throw at first for the final out, but umpire jim joyce called the runner safe ending the perfect game bid. tigers manager jim leland argued and later said joyce admitted his mistake. >> after looking at the play and jim's a class guy, he's going to look at the play, and this sounds crazy, but after looking at the play, nobody's going to feel worse than he does. >> on the field, galleraga just
smiled and went back to work winning the game 3-0. in seattle, a single gave the mariners a 2-1 victory over the twins, but the big story happened hours before the game. the mariners' future hall of famer, ken griffey jr., announced his retirement at the age of 40. in the national league, the braves had an rbi single in the eighth as atlanta beat the phillies 2-1 for a three game sweep. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and a rocking tribute to the one and only paul mccartney. ♪ ♪ breakfast may not be getting the nutrition they need to keep their bodies strong. a nutritious start to the day is essential. that's why carnation instant breakfast essentials supplies the nutrients of a balanced breakfast. so kids get the protein and calcium they need to help build strong muscles and healthy bones. ♪
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here's another look at this morning's top stories. bp's latest effort to contain the gulf oil leak has hit a snag. a saw got stuck as it tried to cut through the leaking pipe. the pipe has to be cut before the well can be capped. and joran van der sloot, a suspect in the disappearance of natalee holloway, is the prime suspect in a murder of a woman in peru. an arrest warrant has been issued. opponents of arizona's new immigration law say they'll protest today's white house meeting between president obama and arizona governor jan brewer. the law requires police who are enforcing any other law to question people about their immigration status. the president says it's the wrong approach. rock and roll ruled the white house last night. president obama presented an award to legendary singer paul mccartney, he's the first british citizen to receive the gershwin prize for popular song. >> this is such a fantastic evening for me.
getting this prize would just be good enough. but getting it from this president -- >> the night featured an all-star concert honoring mccartney, including stevie wonder, the jonas brothers and the foo fighters. mccartney also performed some of his hits including "michelle" which he used to serenade the first lady. ♪ michelle, my belle >> he later joked he might be the first guy ever to be punched out by a president. he can serenade me anytime. this morning on "the early show," recipes for great summer cocktails. i'm michelle gielan. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ [ female announcer ] right now when you stay
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